Easy Date and Walnut Cake

This is a great recipe for a date and walnut loaf.  I have made this cake over and over again and it never fails.  Even if I haven't been concentrating and I have left something out this cake still tastes delicious.  It is nice and moist and lasts for several days - although in my house it doesn't get the chance to!  It is a deliciously rich and very filling cake - wonderful with morning coffee or an afternoon cuppa.  I like to think it has health benefits too - after all walnuts are a great source of omega 3 essential fatty acids as well as manganese, copper and magnesium.  And dates are an excellent source of fibre.

So go ahead and give it a go!


100g (3 1/4 oz) pitted dates

100 g (3 1/4 oz) unsalted butter

100g (3 1/4 oz) soft brown sugar

2 eggs (lightly beaten)

2 teaspoons honey, golden syrup or treacle

100g (3 1/4 oz) plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

good pinch of cinnamon 

100g (3 1/4 oz) chopped walnuts

100g (3 1/4 oz) raisins


  1. Soak the dates in a bowl of 100ml boiling water while you get the cake ready.
  2. Turn on oven to 180 C (350 F).
  3. Grease a loaf tin (21 x 11 x 6.5 cm - or similar size)
  4. Line loaf tin with baking paper
  5. Cream sugar and butter together well.  Slowly add egg and then honey or syrup.
  6. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon together and then gently fold into the butter/egg mixture.
  7. Finally fold in the walnuts, raisins and drained but moist dates.
  8. Dollop mixture into tin, smooth out and bake for about 50 mins until skewer comes out clean.  I normally turn the oven down to about 160 C after 15 minutes.
  9. Turn out and cool on a rack. 


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

What a great combination of flavors, Catherine. I am definitely bookmarking this as well. I found that in our modern age, less and less women know how to cook (at least all of the ones I've dated). I really hope that this somehow changes. I actually know how to cook pretty well myself ( I was a head cook at a camp, a line cook and a prep-cook-over 7 years of experience) but never got into baking...Maybe you'll help in that department :D Thanks again!

Jean H 7 years ago from UK

One for the weekend, when we have time to bake. Your family are certainly enjoying some great cooking as a result of your new hubbing hobby, Catherine R! Lucky them!

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Thanks folks. dohn - I am glad to hear you can cook There is nothing more attractive than a man who knows how to cook - it should stand you in good stead! I worked in the restaurant biz in London for years and I also went to Cordon Bleu school so food has always been a big thing in my life. Jean H - this cake is good for the young H boys' lunchboxes. Good fuel.

Jean H 7 years ago from UK

How about some easy weekday supper recipes for us to try on some of your next hubs? Obviously with an intellectual article or two in between!

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

OK Jean H - I will see what I can do!

prabha kumar 7 years ago

I checked 6-7 urls for Walnut and date cake - this was the easiest! Really easy to follow and do..Love it. Tks! :)

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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Thank you prabha kumar!

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Yummy....it looks delicious cake. thanks for share the great recipes.

Giselle 6 years ago

Bought a Date and Walnut cake at the Co-op over the weekend, it was good. Yours looks better! Thanks for the recipe, going to try it.

nihar kalsekar 6 years ago

tooo nice cake

123123 6 years ago

this is the best cake i had and will have in my life

Mel 6 years ago

What an easy to make cake that tasted fantastic. Will definitely be making again.

karthik 6 years ago

can butter be substituted with flavourless vegetable oil.

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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

You could try to substitute the butter with oil - should probably work! Good luck.

maya 6 years ago

Hi can I remove the raisins? or swap them for other nuts? :)

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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Maybe use more dates as you still want the moisture. Or half extra dates and half nuts. Good luck!

maya 6 years ago

Thankyou. I used your recipe and it turned out lovely Im just not a fan of raisins, however the recipe was great!My family loved it. Thankyou !!

maya 6 years ago

Sorry do you mean an extra 50g of dates and walnuts? Could I add 100g of pecan nuts? :)

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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Try it with 100g of pecans. I am sure it will work. Let me know!

shweta 5 years ago

wow it was really a grt recipe earlier i used to make this by a lengthy recipe but yours saves time and is yummy too. my hubby loves this cake.

Tiger Tuu 5 years ago

Hi Catherine, the cake is cooling at the moment on the rack. Should I have chopped the dates, I just put them in whole. Guess the cake maybe just a bit chunky! We are all looking forward to eating it anyway! :-)

NollC 5 years ago

I have been making all types of cakes for more years than I care to mention on-line (!?) but this cake is the best I have ever tasted. I substituted well known vegetable spread for the butter, put ALL the ingredients in one bowl and gave them a good beating with a wooden spoon. Needed extra ounce of flour because of using the spread but otherwise exactly same recipe. And it was just SO O O easy!! Thank you so much for sharing ir with us all. Any more lovely recipes up your sleeve, CatherineR?

may brown 5 years ago

wow love it it tastes fabulous just about to make it again have you anymore recipies


Raji 5 years ago

super very easy, less ingredient yum cake..made it for my husband's birthday as he doesn't like any regular cake..this was very good...

Tracey 5 years ago

Great cake, I used dried cranberries instead of sultanas as I don't like them but was surprised what a great twist this was on the recipe - try it, it's lovely. I also used the all-in-one method and whisked for two minutes then added fruit and nuts which made it very quick to make.

Conrad 5 years ago

Excellent! I all my years of baking as a hobby this recipe turned out No 1. The best in texture, sweetness & colour.


Victoria 5 years ago

Hi Catherine, this cake looks fab! I can't wait to make it!

You say in the ingredients honey, golden syrup or treacle.. Which do you tend to use? I have all three at home so which would you recommend?

Natalie 5 years ago

Hi Catherine, I love the look of your recipe and was hoping to make it for my dad this weekend for father's day. However I just had one question before I set off, can I double the ingredients to make a round cake rather than loaf? Your advice on this will be much appreciated :o) thank you.

lucy 5 years ago

it look nice

Musky1 5 years ago

OOOhhhhh, this is one fabulous cake! I made it with white sugar and all raisins instead of half raisins and half dates. Amazing. And everyone I gave a slice to was wowed! Thank you so much Catherine!

Peaches 5 years ago

Couldn't wait, ate it hot!!. Used cherries instead of dates. Yummy!!!

Carol 5 years ago

What a yummy cake I will make it again this weekend the family love it. Well done x

Wendy A 5 years ago

Just did 2 of these, both cooling and turned out perfectly ;-))) thank you

Rachana Yawale 5 years ago

Simple to do but delicious to eat....Thanks for sharing.

Silvia 5 years ago

Hey the cake turned out very well. I loved it & so did my mom.. Thanks for sharing.. Loved it

Maria A 5 years ago

Very easy and delicious!!

Dieter 4 years ago

Looked for an old English recipe of that cake to bake it in Germany and found an Australian recipe which is absolutely superb!!!! The first cake I ever baked myself and wow! Had to replace part of the raisins by dried cranberries as there were little raisins left: This gives it another kick!Thanks for this great recipe! The problem however: To eat this cake took just 20 minutes for 4 people.......

veena purohit 4 years ago

simple , healthy and tasty recipe. Thanks.

Patzy 4 years ago

I followed your recipe exactly, glad I did, as the cake turned out amazingly well. It tastes delicious, my partner says it's the best cake he's ever tasted! Needless to say, there's not much left! Praise indeed :)

Thank you so much for this great recipe.

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Catherine R 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Thank you! Yes - always a problem with this cake - it doesn't last long!

Gaynor ingram 4 years ago

Looking for a good date n walnut recipie and discovered this one. Fantastic, thanks for sharing and also very interesting twists on the cake by reading other comments

hafi 4 years ago

my date and walnut cake is i the oven as i type. smells yummy.

Wilfrid 4 years ago

Can make this delicios cake even easier - the dates I get in France ar soft and moist and don't need to be soaked; no need to grease and line the latest non-stick or silicone cake moulds; add some ornage zest and mixed spice for added flavour. I didn't have walnuts one day so I substituted chopped apple pieces. Lots of variations according to taste and supplies!

tracey 4 years ago

I have made this cake lots of times its is beautiful with banana or apples instead of raisins really tasty

Jillos 4 years ago

Brilliant recipe - I am new to baking and was having lots of failures and losing my confidence - but this recipe worked great - we took some out with us walking - it was a lovely treat when we came back down from a windy, rainy, 'in the clouds' hill! Really nice and moist and full of flavour.. Thanks!

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Catherine R 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Oh good! So glad to hear! Sounds lovely after a cold walk....

muj 4 years ago

Just made this cake, i didn't have any raisins so i doubled the dates and it turned out great ! Thank you.

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Catherine R 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

Great to hear - I'm sure double dates were extra delicious!

Val. 4 years ago

Thank you for a lovely recipe. I'm not a fantastic cook, and have quite a lot of failures, but this cake was lovely. I have made three now and they all turned out really well.

Thank you again

atomant 2 years ago

Can you really make this cake with only 100 grams of flour ? does not seem enough

atomant 2 years ago

sounds like a batter pudding with nuts

what is the correct amount ot flour please

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Catherine R 2 years ago from Melbourne, Australia Author

100g is the correct amount. Several of the above comments are from people who have made it - so it isn't a mistake. It is a very chunky and moist cake - in the style of a European fruit cake.

Rana 2 years ago

Thank you for the very delicious recipe. I made it many times, and taught my friends too.

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